Oakland Athletics: 2015 Season Almanac

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Game 16 – Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

96. Final. 2. 102. 9

Game Attendance: Away Game
Season Attendance: 173,367
Lowest Attendance: 15,025 (Game 2)
Game Time: 2:58
Season Time: 46:12

Win Record: 8-8
Win Record vs Angels: 2-1
Streak: W1
AL West Standing: 2nd (.5 games behind Astros)
Elimination Number: 147

Winning Pitcher: Sonny Gray (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Fernando Salas (0-1)
Pitchers/Pitch Count: Gray/95, Scribner/10, Leon/19
Total Pitches per game: 124
Total Pitches per season: 2190

Game Home Runs: 1
Season Home Runs: 14
Game Runs: 9
Season Runs: 83
Runs Rank: 3rd (tied with Yankees)
Run Differential: 21
Differential Rank: 5th

Game RBI Leader: Butler (4)
Season RBI Leader: Vogt (14)
Most RBI’s in Single Game: 4 (Game 35, 16)

Game RISP: 6 for 16
Game LOB: 9
Season RISP: 51 for 155
Season LOB: 111

Game Batting Average: .439
Lineup Batting Average: .283

Total Players Used in Game: 12
Most Players Used in Game: 19 (Game 6)

Challenged Plays: 0
Total Challenged Plays: 7
Total Overturned Plays: 3
Games Won in Extra Innings: 0
Total Games Played in Extra Innings: 2 (6,7)

Special Notes:

Billy Butler’s fire continues to burn white hot as he hits his third home run for the A’s (second in two days) and leads the team with 4 RBI’s. He has only gone hitless in one game this year, although he reached base on two walks, and in the last three games he’s earned a .538 OBP. For the sake of comparison, his first 16 games in 2014 had him hitting .193 with a .273 OBP and no home runs. It may not last all season but Billy Butler is lighting up this offense at the moment and may end up with his best opening month of his career.

But it’s not all about Billy Butler tonight. Sonny Gray, who had 14 consecutive outs to close his outing, proved that he’s a force to be reckoned with even when he’s not pitching at his best. Sam Fuld, who had two hits and a walk and crossed the plate three times, is proving that he’s a capable lead off hitter. Ike Davis and Josh Reddick are proving to be on base threats with several multiple hit games on their year so far including three from each today. Most importantly, however, is the fact that the A’s got through this game without an error. The A’s have 15 errors in 16 games with six of those coming off of Marcus Semien. Every game they play without an error is an important step towards a solid and consistent defense.

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